Impact Under Siege 2021 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights
Impact Wrestling was Under Siege Saturday night with its latest live event special, headlined by a massive six-way No. 1 contender's battle to determine the next challenger to Kenny Omega's Impact world title.
The All Elite Wrestling star was not without competition as he teamed with The Good Brothers to battle Eddie Edwards and Impact tag team champions FinJuice.
Those two matches sat atop a jam-packed card that saw every major title in the company up for grabs and the start to Impact Wrestling's road to Slammiversary.
Who emerged victorious from the night's marquee matches, and what did the outcomes have to do with the immediate future of the company's top stars and storylines? Find out now with this recap from the May 15 extravaganza.
Announced for Saturday's show:
- 6-Way No. 1 Contender's Match: Chris Sabin vs. Chris Bey vs. Sami Callihan vs. Matt Cardona vs. Trey Miguel vs. Moose
- Trios Match: AEW/Impact/AAA Grand champion Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers vs. Eddie Edwards and FinJuice
- Knockouts Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo vs. Havok
- X-Division Championship Match: Josh Alexander vs. El Phantasmo
- Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match: Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering vs. Fire N Flava
- W. Morrissey vs. Willie Mack
- Kimber Lee and Susan vs. Tenille Dashwood and Taylor Wilde
- Brian Myers vs. Black Taurus (with Rosemary and Crazzy Steve)
- Impact Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Match: Ace Austin and Madman Fulton vs. TJP and Petey Williams vs. XXXL vs. Rohit Raju and Shera
Coverage begins at 8 p.m.
Brian Myers vs. Black Taurus
Under Siege kicked off with "The Most Professional Wrestler" Brian Myers battling Decay's Black Taurus, who was accompanied by Rosemary and Crazzy Steve.
Taurus overpowered Myers early, much to the delight of his teammates at ringside. He delivered a pump handle backbreaker, forcing Myers to retreat into the corner. Myers was overwhelmed by his opponent's onslaught to that point.
Myers finally recuperated and delivered a big suplex to seize control of the match. He wore Taurus down on the mat, and when it looked like he might mount a comeback, Myers tripped him up. He then returned to the mat-based offense.
Taurus mounted an offensive and delivered a crucifix bomb, but he could only keep Myers down for a count of two. Taurus added a shoulder breaker but, again, only kept his opponent down for two. Myers rocked Taurus with a kick and added the flatliner for a two-count of his own.
As Taurus set up for a superplex, Myers caught him with a thumb to the eye and added the Roster Cut for the hard-fought victory.
Myers defeated Taurus
On paper, Myers vs. Taurus was not the most electric match, but in execution, it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Myers looked good as the cerebral heel, doing just enough to absorb Taurus' offense and stay in the fight so that he could eventually score the win.
Some will question why Impact seemingly values Myers over the completely unique Taurus, but there is likely more long-term investment in the former WWE tag team champion, and thus, he is of greater significance to their creative plans.
Still, Taurus looked great and only lost because of Myers' underhanded tactics, protecting him and his credibility.
Taylor Wilde and Tenille Dashwood vs. Susan and Kimber Lee
The team of Tenille Dashwood and Taylor Wilde had their first opportunity to prove their value as a duo Saturday as they battled Susan and Kimber Lee. The babyfaces started fast and furiously, but the heels took advantage, working over Dashwood.
A hot tag to Wilde sparked a momentary comeback, but a superplex from Susan downed the former Knockouts champion. The referee caught Susan attempting to use the ropes for leverage and broke his count. The action broke down, allowing Kaleb at ringside to rock Susan with a shoe, unbeknown to Wilde, who scored the win with a German suplex.
After the match, Dashwood and Kaleb overzealously celebrated with Wilde, who was hesitant to join in, to say the least.
Wilde and Dashwood defeated Susan and Lee
This was uncharacteristically sloppy for the Knockouts division and the participants involved. Some of that can be chalked up to time restraints, but there was no story, no real flow, and the match was definitely subpar for the division.
With that said, the finish was fun. Kaleb using a shoe against a heel who oftentimes uses a shoe of her own was a great way to stick it to the heels.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how the Dashwood-Wilde storyline plays out. Common sense would suggest Wilde beats Dashwood to set up the inevitable Knockouts title match with Deonna Purrazzo, but do not be surprised if they run as a team for a little while to set up a tag title match.
4-Way Tag Team No. 1 Contender's Match
The top contenders for the Impact Wrestling tag team titles were determined in the night's next match, a 4-Way pitting XXXL's Acey Romero and Larry D against Ace Austin and Madman Fulton, Petey Williams and TJP, and Rohit Raju and Shera.
Romero and Fulton kicked off the action, throwing fists in a clubbing display of big men. From there, TJP soon found himself isolated from partner Williams, beaten down and worked over by the opposition. Austin, Shera and Raju all got shots in on the former X-Division champion.
TJP finally created separation by downing Austin and made the tag to Williams. The veteran competitor set up for the Canadian Destroyer on Austin, but Fulton broke it up. Romero entered the ring and sent Fulton to the floor. XXXL used its power advantage to drop Austin, then Williams, and Shera before Austin used his educated feet to wipe the super heavyweights down.
Raju entered the ring and wiped Austin out, but XXXL flattened The Mocha-Skinned Manimal. Fulton re-entered the ring, powered Larry D down and watched as Austin delivered a splash for the win.
Austin and Fulton defeated XXXL, Williams and TJP, and Shera and Raju to earn a title shot
With babyface champions, it was difficult to imagine a scenario in which TJP and Williams won, but all three other teams were certainly in the running to win this match. With that said, Austin and Fulton are a fresh addition to the tag team division and guarantee the best matches with FinJuice.
The action here was nonstop, each team had the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities, and the victors built credibility for themselves by knocking off the most established tandem of them all.
Like most of Impact's multi-man matches, this was fun and entertaining, even if there were a few too many competitors involved for this writer's liking.
W. Morrissey vs. Willie Mack
W. Morrissey made his Impact debut at Rebellion, and in the process, he obliterated Willie Mack en route to a victory. At Under Siege, he looked to continue his reign of dominance as he battled the former X-Division champion in singles competition.
Morrissey picked up right where he left off, pummeling Mack even as the babyface threw a few hands that momentarily stunned him. He shrugged off a few chops strikes, and right hands to add to Mack's physical torment.
Morrissey overwhelmed his opponent, just punishing him around the mat before shoving his face into it. He applied a sleeper, looking to sap whatever fight Mack had left in him. It was unsuccessful, instead serving to fire the babyface up.
Mack launched himself from the top rope, catching Morrissey with a clothesline. Morrissey essentially shrugged it off, flattened Mack and knocked him cold with a ruthless kick to the back of the head for the win.
After the match, Morrissey grabbed a chair and threatened to further injure Mack until former world champion Rich Swann made his return, chasing the massive heel out of the ring and staring him down.
Morrissey defeated Mack
This was much longer than it needed to be, an extended squash when a regular one would have done just fine. While it makes sense that Impact would want to protect one of its most valuable stars in Mack, this was really just a few more minutes of getting his ass kicked more than anything.
With that said, Impact has done a phenomenal job of presenting Morrissey as this massive, monstrous new competitor hellbent on tearing through the roster. While there is a lot to be said about Swann just randomly popping up at Under Siege after weeks of failing to respond to losing the Impact world title back at Rebellion, he is exactly the type of opponent who will help further elevate Morrissey and build credibility among the fans.
And if that isn't enough, Swann can give Morrissey the quality, main event-level match that will announce to the world that he is above the midcard level he topped out at in WWE.
Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match
Confident following their win at Rebellion, Knockouts tag team champions Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering appeared to be toying with Fire 'N Flava's Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz early in Saturday's title rematch. They overpowered, outwrestled and left the challengers frustrated early.
The former titleholders recovered nicely, though, downing Ellering and cutting her off from her partner. Their double-team maneuvers were on-point, and Hogan expertly recovered from a misstep and formed a barricade between Ellering and Grace, preventing a tag.
At one point, Hogan delivered a cheap shot to Grace, infuriating Thicc Mama Pump en route to a corner dropkick to Ellering for two.
Ellering finally made the tag to Grace, who exploded into the match and powered down both opponents. She drove Steelz into the mat for a close two-count, then worked with Ellering to deliver a string of double-team maneuvers.
The action broke down, and all four competitors delivered signature offense in a double, double-down spot. Ellering made it up first and encouraged Grace back to hers. Steelz sent Ellering to the floor while Grace dumped Hogan.
Grace set up for a Vader Bomb, but Hogan stopped her. She dropped Grace throat-first on the top rope, but a Sliced Bread #2 to Ellering on the floor left both competitors down. Back in the ring, Grace rocked Steelz with a forearm on the ropes. Steelz shrugged it off and sent Grace crashing to the mat. She delivered a frog splash to regain the titles.
Fire N Flava defeated Grace and Ellering
This was the best match on the card to this point, and it wasn't remotely close.
The outcome is interesting, if only because one has to wonder what the point of putting the titles on Grace and Ellering for a few weeks was. If the plan was to put the gold back on Hogan and Steelz anyway, wouldn't it have meant more to their credibility and legitimacy to beat the babyfaces the first time, on pay-per-view?
That gripe aside, the action was great. The former champions outwrestled the babyfaces and regained the titles. It's as simple as that.
Kudos to Grace, who might be the most underrated wrestler in any promotion. Just a great worker who seemingly gets better with every passing match.
X-Division Match: Josh Alexander vs. El Phantasmo
X-Division champion Josh Alexander outwrestled New Japan Pro-Wrestling's El Phantasmo early on in their title match, but ELP recovered, rocked him with a jumping knee and targeted the lower extremities of The Walking Weapon.
As the action spilled to the floor, Alexander tried a wild chop but struck the ring post with his right hand. Phantasmo refocused his attack to the hand. He arrogantly walked the ropes, twisting Alexander's hand while doing so. He came off and right into the arms of Alexander, who drove him into the mat with a fireman's carry.
Alexander scored a near-fall and immediately went back to nursing the hand. He applied the ankle lock but was unable to keep it fully locked in, his injured hand preventing it. Phantasmo rocked Alexander with a big kick, then added James Storm's old Eight-Second Ride for another near-fall.
Phantasmo cued up a kick, but Alexander caught him and slammed him. He then applied the ankle lock, but ELP rolled through, sent him into the turnbuckle and earned a two-count off a schoolboy rollup. The champion sent the challenger flying with a release German suplex, then added a low crossbody that sent Phantasmo to the floor.
Alexander scaled the ropes, but ELP crotched him, then delivered a death-defying hurricanrana. He added a splash for a close two-count, left in disbelief by Alexander's gutsiness.
The champion recovered and applied the ankle lock, switching to the dominant hand to account for the injury. He delivered a powerbomb backbreaker to drive the wind out of Phantasmo, then reapplied the ankle lock and sat down on it for the submission victory.
Alexander defeated Phantasmo
This lived up to expectations while delivering a completely different match than one might have expected. It was physical, featuring some great psychological storytelling and drama in bunches down the stretch.
Given how other competitors from different companies have come into Impact and won titles in short order, it was totally reasonable to expect Phantasmo to defeat Alexander here. That added to the drama and, in some ways, elevated Alexander's victory.
He defended not only the X-Division title but Impact as a company. It's a nice touch and helps further celebrate and establish Alexander as a singles star.
Hopefully, this isn't the end of Phantasmo in Impact, because this was definitely the sort of performance that leaves audiences wanting more.
Knockouts Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo vs. Havok
Knockouts champion Deonna Purrazzo defended her title once again, this time against the bigger, stronger Havok. After weathering an early onslaught from her opponent, Purrazzo slowed the pace and focused on the arm of her opponent, wrestling control of the bout away from the challenger.
The Virtuosa dominated, cutting Havok off every time she attempted to mount an offensive. That came to a screeching halt when the challenger caught her with a choke bomb and applied a Boston crab. Unable to grab hold of the legs because of the injured arm, Havok lost her grip.
Havok bumped Susan and Kimber Lee, taking them out of the equation. She caught Purrazzo mid-flight, but the champion escaped and looked for the armbar. Havok fought free and obliterated the heel with a knee strike. Purrazzo fought back to her feet, trapped Havok in the Fujiwara armbar and earned the submission victory.
Purrazzo defeated Havok
Purrazzo is on a different level than most, a phenomenal wrestler who could step right on to AEW or WWE television tomorrow and be at the top of either of those women's division. She's that good, and Impact presents her that way, making her one of the company's top stars.
The outcome of this one was never really in doubt, but it was nice to see Havok get the opportunity to shine in a high-profile singles match. She worked hard, sold the arm effectively and fired off a strong babyface comeback, only to face the same fate so many others have: the Fujiwara armbar.
Purrazzo has been presented so strongly and effectively that at this point, if it's not Taylor Wilde that dethrones her, that person may not be on this roster.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Eddie Edwards and FinJuice vs. The Elite
Kenny Omega entered the night the reigning AEW, AAA Grand and Impact world champion, teaming with The Good Brothers' Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson for a big six-man tag team match against Eddie Edwards and Impact tag team champions David Finlay and Juice Robinson.
The babyfaces controlled the early portion of the match, making quick tags and keeping the heels off-guard. The Elite attempted to seize control of the bout but failed. Edwards, Robinson and Finlay continued to control the pace and the momentum, with the tag champs driving Omega face-first into the mat with a double bulldog.
Gallows tripped up Robinson and, while Juice thwarted The Good Brothers' attack, he ate a big dropkick by Omega as the heels finally turned the tide in their favor. They worked over both Robinson and Finlay, each of the heels adding cheap shots and trip-ups to maintain their advantage.
A crossbody by Finlay allowed the second-generation star to create separation and make the tag to Edwards. Eddie teed off on Omega, bouncing him around the ring and adding a barrage of chops to the chest.
He caught Omega with a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. He added a Tiger Driver moments later for another near-fall. The action broke down, leading to Robinson catching Gallows with some jabs and Omega rocking him with a V-Trigger.
Gallows flattened Edwards, but Eddie kicked out at two. FinJuice broke up the Magic Killer, and Robinson joined Edwards for a double suplex on Gallows. Edwards turned Omega inside out with a clothesline but fell prey to a TKO by Anderson for two.
Robinson delivered Pulp Friction to Anderson, Finlay wiped out Gallows, and Robinson added a dive on to Omega. Back inside the ring, Edwards delivered the Boston Knee Party on Machine Gun for the win.
Edwards and FinJuice defeated Omega and The Good Brothers
The lead-in to Under Siege featured Omega openly criticizing The Good Brothers for partying too much and not producing in the ring. The outcome of this one will not help whatever dissension exists in The Elite as Omega had his team in position to win before Anderson dropped the fall.
Omega potentially alienating himself from The Good Brothers will eventually set him up to lose the Impact world title, perhaps sooner than later if the speed of this story is any indication.
The match itself was great. It was every bit as good as you would have imagined considering the talent involved. Edwards earned a big win, FinJuice got to shine in an expanded, high-profile bout, and the heels more-than held up their end of the match.
The outcome was the right one if the storyline is, in fact, the direction management is taking with Omega and The Good Brothers, and the quality was that of a pay-per-view main event. You could not ask for more.
6-Way No. 1 Contender's Match
Trey Miguel, Chris Bey, Chris Sabin, Sami Callihan and Matt Cardona recognized Moose as the greatest threat in the 6-Way No. 1 Contender's Match main event, attacking him from the opening bell. After a moment or two of dominance by the former NFL star, the field was able to halt his momentum.
Callihan and Miguel rekindled their recent rivalry before The Draw assaulted Bey with a powerbomb on the ring apron, establishing his own dominance early.
Moose exploded back into the ring, rocking Miguel with a running uppercut in the corner. Bey cut him off but ate a dropkick. Bey recovered and paired off with a rejuvenated Callihan, catching him with a jumping knee before eating an exploder into a steel chair.
Cardona caught Callihan with the Reboot for two. Callihan recovered, but before he could potentially win the match, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows appeared and wiped him out of the floor. Back in the ring, Sabin delivered the Cradle Shock to Cardona, but Moose pulled the referee out of the ring to break the count.
Back inside, he targeted the surgically repaired knee of Sabin, delivered a spear and scored the win.
Moose defeated Sabin, Cardona, Miguel, Bey and Callihan
Yes, Callihan is a former world champion and dangerous as all hell. Yes, he has made it abundantly clear that he wants the world title back. With that said, would it have not been wiser for Gallows and Anderson to target the massive former NFL star who has had momentum on his side for weeks now and was clearly the dominant force in this match?
The same Moose that Omega and Don Callis previously expressed wanting nothing to do with.
Maybe aid Sabin, the guy with a reconstructed knee as established by the commentary team, in winning the match. Perhaps choose Bey, who has yet to compete in a match of that magnitude.
From a common-sense standpoint, wiping out Callihan but not Moose made little sense.
With that said, Moose is a guy who is bred to beat Omega for the Impact title. He has been the focus of some of the top storylines for the last 10 months and has completely rebuilt his physique. He looks the part of a world champion, carries himself like one, and will be before too long.
Whether that comes at Slammiversary in July or later, that title is Moose's to win.
He earned his shot at it in an energetic main event that was just a notch below the rest of the night's best.